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45 Boko Haram Members Convicted, 3 Earn 31 Years Jail Term

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Federal High Court sitting in Kainji, Niger State, has convicted and sentenced 45 Boko Haram members to between 3 and 31 years in jail.

The sentence followed the conclusion of the first phase of the trial during which 575 Boko Haram suspects were arraigned.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued Friday in Abuja, said the Court also discharged 468 suspects who had no case to answer.

Similarly, 34 cases the Minister disclosed were struck out while 28 suspects were remanded for trial in Abuja and Minna, the Niger State capital.

The Court ordered that the 468 discharged persons should undergo de-radicalization and rehabilitation programmes before they are handed over to their respective state governments.

The trial commenced with the formal remand by the Court of 1,669 suspects for a period of 90 days, with the Court ordering that they be arraigned within the specified period or released unconditionally.

The Court adjourned the trial of other suspects till January 2018.

 

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